OTTAWA, Ontario, March 8, 2001 — The annual rate of housing starts in Canada dropped 8.6 per cent in February according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The annual rate was 156,100 housing starts* last month compared to a rate of 170,700 in January.
Urban single-detached dwelling starts reached their highest level since March 2000. The annual rate of urban single-detached starts rose to 83,300 in February, a gain of 6.7 per cent compared with 78,100 in January. Urban multiple dwelling starts fell 26.9 per cent to an annual rate of 53,700 from 73,500 in January. This decline appeared in all provinces except Quebec.
"In spite of the decline in housing starts which reflects the volatility in the multiples sector, the market remains in good shape," said John-John D'Argensio, economist at the CMHC Market Analysis Centre. "Since May 2000, single-detached construction has shown an upward trend partially explained by a high occupation rate at completion. "According to latest results, 85 per cent of completions were occupied in January and this, combined with falling mortgage rates, will help support the housing market", added John-John D'Argensio.
* All starts figures in this release are seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR), that is, raw monthly figures adjusted to remove normal seasonal variation and multiplied by 12 to reflect an annual pace. Other CMHC local and provincial releases may present analysis using raw figures.
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|PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND||16||500||3||200|
|TOTAL (+10,000 pop.)||8,912||151,600||7,321||137,000|
|OTHER AREA ESTIMATES
(Less than 10,000 pop.)